Rudat worked as a host on CBS Atlanta's "Better Mornings" from 2010 until he was let go in July of 2013. His tattoos and free-wheeling spirit marked him as different from your typical anchor.
He left Atlanta Sunday and arrived in Phoenix yesterday, according to his public Facebook page.
In Phoenix, he is going to go by Brandon Lee, his adopted father's last name.
In a text, he said he isn't doing interviews but he posted this on his Facebook page yesterday:
Hi my friends! BIG NEWS! I knew #2014 was going to be an amazing year! I am so grateful to have been offered a dream job as evening anchor and reporter for one of the best Independent stations in the country - 3TV - in one of the most beautiful cities - PHOENIX! The producers and the management team at 3TV are creative, smart, and they focus on covering news events that truly impact the viewers.
I am humbled and grateful to join this wonderful team of journalists.
Follow me on twitter: @BrandonLeeNews too!
I want to say thank you to all the wonderful people in Atlanta who have supported me with words of encouragement these past few months. I have read every message, and they have lifted my spirits each and every time. So, thank you. God Bless, and we will all keep in touch right here on FB!
You can also check out my website for update too: www.BrandonLeeNews.com
The Emmy-winning journalist is also a motivational speaker and fine art artist. He has also worked in Hartford, Boston and Los Angeles. Project Q dubbed him a "news hunk."
Here's his reel:
And here was one of the ads CBS Atlanta used to run featuring his real tattoos and his colleagues' fake ones:
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